“Under The Sea” on Reused Bottles

While they’re being put to good use here, glass bottles are consistently in the top 10 items found in marine litter, with plastic bottles consistently in the top 5. Glass bottles are eroded by the ocean, but it’s not known yet how long it would take for them to fully biodegrade. Check out this timeline for more information on marine debris and recycling.


The Little Mermaid & The Environment

In 2008, Disney and the Ad Council worked together on this radio PSA campaign:

In Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, a “Little Mermaid” story takes on the dark side of all the human rubbish that makes its way into the sea:

Of course, there’s plenty to be done to protect the underwater environment in our own community. Here are some recent articles about conservation and the problems facing the Chesapeake Bay:

Green building of the Brock Environmental Center

A little history on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts and legal battles

New study shows economic benefits of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay

Interview With Costume Designer Pei Lee

Susanna Pretzer, Dramaturg: What is the most exciting part of designing costumes for The Little Mermaid?
Pei Lee: To take a well-known story and its characters and make them your own (while still honoring the iconic looks that most audience will come to expect).

What are the biggest challenges in costuming The Little Mermaid?  How are you approaching them?
The biggest challenge was figuring out how to create the look for the mermaids- the illusion of having no legs but tails. The key was to capture the essence of the mermaid. Because our production embraces the theatricality of storytelling—with the use of puppets and other techniques, it seems more apt to convey the spirit of the character rather than its authenticity.

How do the designs for this show compare to your previous work?
This show has a broad color spectrum. I favor designs with a tighter palette but, with the The Little Mermaid, I have to force myself to widen the scope as one tends to forget how vibrant and colorful Mother Nature is.

What inspirations or previous experiences helped you come up with and execute these designs?
To always find the whimsy and humor in all things as well as being addicted to The Blue Planet have allowed me to create costumes for these non-human characters that will hopefully encapsulate their personalities succinctly.